Dementia Friendly Newcastle
Newcastle is committed to becoming a Dementia Friendly city. This is a place where people living with dementia are:
- confident they can contribute to their community
- have choice and control in their lives
- can find local help and support
It is a place where everyone is aware of and understands dementia.
Newcastle City Council is working in partnership with local communities and businesses. They want to ensure people with dementia and their carers feel safe and live in the way they want to in their community.
Understanding Dementia Sessions
To help you understand how dementia may impact on a persons life, how you can make a difference, take part in a learning session.
Dementia Friends Information Sessions give you a better understanding of the types of dementia and how it effects people and their carers.
FutureLearn run some free online courses created by Universities where you can learn more about:
- Living well as dementia progresses Newcastle University
- Dementia Care: Staying Connected and Living Well . A course for carers: Newcastle University
- The many faces of dementia: University College London
VOICE at Newcastle University, involves members of the public in research. You can become a member of VOICE and work with academics to improve the focus, quality, relevance and impact of research, to make a positive difference to people’s lives.
Unison offer their trade union members free training and learning opportunities. They have some dementia awareness sessions in Newcastle. Contact your local representative for more information.
Read the InformationNOW article on dementia.
Dementia friendly communities
There is one community in Newcastle committed to becoming dementia friendly:
- Jesmond Dementia Action Alliance runs sessions where you can learn more, develop awareness and people to become Champions
Dementia Friendly Activities
Find all the dementia friendly activities in Newcastle in our Events & Activities section on InformationNOW. Choose ‘dementia’ as the type of activity. You can also search by postcode and keyword.
Dementia friendly activities and groups available in Newcastle include:
- Slow Shopping
- dementia cafes
- support groups for people with dementia and their carers
- museums and art galleries
Dementia Space at The Grainger Market
At present it is closed owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
This is a pop up shop at The Grainger Market where you can find out about dementia, prevention and living well with the condition.
Tips for starting conversations with people living with dementia
Alzheimer’s Society’s research shows that many people are worried about ‘saying the wrong thing’ to people living with dementia. Almost all of us know someone affected yet, most people living with dementia feel isolated and lonely. A friendly face or a listening ear can make a great difference.
You can take action by starting a conversation with someone living with dementia. It can be difficult to know what to say. But Alzheimer’s Society has teamed up with people affected by dementia to give you tips for getting a conversation started:
‘Talk to me, smile, be a little patient and give me time to reply.’
‘A simple ‘hello’, ask about the weather, anything that you feel comfortable with.’
‘Just be yourself and yes, we will make mistakes but it’s ok to laugh along with us.’
‘I love it when people ask me questions. It gives me an opportunity to show that people with dementia exist, that we can still contribute to things going on around us and that life goes on. It makes me feel good. It makes me feel like me again’
‘Just don’t ask if I remember.’
‘Don’t be afraid. All it takes is a conversation to see we’re still us.’
Navigating the Maze films
A series of webinars have been held for professionals and link workers related to accessing services for people with dementia. The films are on the InformationNOW You Tube channel and cover: dementia research and innovation with Professor Lynne Corner, Centre for Ageing and Vitality; Dementia and housing including assistive technology; Dementia and housing including equipment and aids; Housing options including: assisted living, home care and residential care
The Herbert Protocol for missing people
The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme to record useful information about a vulnerable person that can be used by police if the person goes missing. Carers, family members and friends can download and complete the form to give vital details about the person they care for including: medication needed, emergency contacts, places they’ve lived previously and a photograph.
The form can then be handed straight to Police if needed. It can make a real difference. It could help reduce the amount of time a vulnerable person is missing, bringing them to safety even quicker. For more information visit Northumbria Police’s website.
Read our article on How to tailor InformationNOW to your access needs
Tips for Christmas Independent Age have some tips on helping people who are sharing Christmas (or any other celebration) with someone living with dementia. Tips like finding a film on the many channels that they know and can enjoy; help them feel involved with tasks they can do in the kitchen or wrapping presents etc.
Last updated: May 12, 2021